This Day in History: Harriet Quimby, the woman who inspired Amelia Earhart

On this day in 1912, Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Perhaps she’s the most famous female aviator you’ve never heard of? Not only was she the first to make the then-dangerous trip across the Channel, but she was also the first woman to fly at night, and the […]

This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford’s Theatre

On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln is shot by an assassin. Did you know that Lincoln was shot on Good Friday? April 14 also happened to be Good Friday that year. Unfortunately, as we all know, Lincoln would pass away the next day. The President had decided to spend his Good Friday evening at […]

This Day in History: Mary Babnik Brown’s unusual WWII contribution

On this day in 1991, an American heroine passes away. Why, exactly, was Mary Babnik Brown a hero? The details are uncertain, but one basic fact is undisputed: Mary got a haircut—and it helped the war effort. Was Mary’s hair used to create crosshairs for Norden bombsights? Or was it simply used for meteorological instruments? […]

This Day in History: Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence

On this day in 1724, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in Connecticut. Lyman Hall may have had the oddest path of anyone to his historic vote for independence. When he first showed up at the Continental Congress, he didn’t technically represent *any* colony. He’d been sent by only a small portion of […]